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Italy/Austria Border

Is there any difficulty in getting across the border for an American with valid passport?
14 years ago, December 31st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #58652  
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Hello, I'm heading to Cortina Italy in March and i saw that Innsbruck Austria is only a 2 hour and 12 minute drive. I'm trying to determine if i would have any issues or problems to go over for a visit and explore the city and soak in the culture of Austria.

thanks so much for your help/time. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 1st 2009 No: 2 Msg: #58694  

As far as I know, you will not have any problems as long as you carry your passport around with you. There is no border control between Austria and Italy as they are both members of the EU but you are still required to have a passport with you.

It seems that you are planning to drive and if you use a rental car, you might not be allowed to cross a border.

Cheers Em&Frankie Reply to this

14 years ago, January 1st 2009 No: 3 Msg: #58699  
I see absolutely no difficulty at all whatsoever because both Italy and Austria are in the Schengen Agreement which means no border controls. Run a google search to find out who is in the Schengen Agreement as some countries, such as the UK and Eire are members of the EU but are NOT members of Schengen. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 5th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #58945  
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i was reading somethings about Schengen and came across something about having a visa to roam around. cant seem to find out if US residents need this visa or just the passport Reply to this

14 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #60092  
Ive been across that border proudly waving my American passport many times. Dont worry you'll be fine. In fact they dont even check your passport at all, it is included in the Schengen agreement. So pretty much all you should be worried about is getting a ride over the border and preparing for some serious crazy mountain driving! Reply to this

14 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #60095  
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awesome.. turns out there will be a day excursion from where we are in Cortina through the florida ski council so now i dont even have to worry about driving, just sit on a bus and sight see 😊 Reply to this

14 years ago, January 14th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #60172  
I never heard of any Americans having difficulties with that border. Reply to this

14 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #62226  
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As Austria and Italy are both part of the Schengen area, you won have any problems with your US passport. You won't even be checked, as nobody is. Reply to this

14 years ago, February 26th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #64119  
You will have no problems. Practically there are no borders, no customs, so you will just pass through not realizing you are in another country. Reply to this

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